Lebanon I-44 Speedway was built by Bill Williard and opened in May of 1983 as a dirt-track and remained dirt until after the 1988 season.
In 1989 the track was paved and became a member of the Nascar Weekly Racing Series family and stayed pavement until after the 2002
season. During the time it was asphalt, the track was reconfigured in 1992 to provide more side by side racing.
In the early dirt days, drivers such as Ken Essary, Larry Phillips, Billy Moyer and many others made the track a steady diet of racing
there as top drivers such as Bill Frye, Rex McCroskey, Rex Merritt, Lslie Essary and many others cut there racing careers there. Over
¼ of the Daytona 500 field in 2005 had raced at one time or another at the speedway!
The Speedway while it was asphalt served home to 3 of Larry Phillip's 5 Nascar National titles and hosted some of the finest Saturday night racing
anywhere around. The Speedway hosted several Artgo Late Model Specials along with USAC Sprint and Midget racing events along with an
outstanding weekly show which featured Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Bombers and Street Stock type cars.
National known drivers such as Rich Volger, Tony Stewart, Steve Butler, Steve Carlson found the speedway to there liking while drivers
such as Mike Wallace, Jamie McMurray and Carl Edwards used the track to help vault their careers.
The track went back to dirt in 2003 and stayed with the dirt surface until February of 2009 when crews started the 1st phase of the dirt
removing. The track was ready to open for the 2010 season and is now one of the finest racing facilities in the midwest. It is a NASCAR sanctioned
track and they plan on big additions to the schedule in the future.
Thanks to Ronnie Williams for his knowledge on this subject.